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Richard Tyrone Jones's Big Heart

ImageThe Banshee Labyrinth
Spoken Word
4-25 Aug, 6:00pm-7:00pm

All poets write about the important things in their life, but few do so as literally as Richard Tyrone Jones.  The “Big Heart” of his show’s title isn’t some romantic notion – but refers to the weak, dilated organ inside his chest, which carried him to the brink of death on the eve of his thirtieth birthday.  Restored now to relative health with the aid of an implanted defibrillator, he’s turned his experience into a compelling, life-affirming one-hour show.  Charting his highly personal and often-witty story, it shares the precious insights which only a brush with mortality can provide.

We had the pleasure of reviewing this show’s debut at the Buxton Fringe last year, and we praised Richard Tyrone Jones both for his open honesty and for his mastery of his craft.  His impeccably-scripted monologue oscillates between laughter and despair, with gut-wrenching poignancy alongside celebration of the life that’s been restored.  What’s more, the perspectives granted by the fact he nearly died give an urgent vitality to the narrative, which is often frank but, just as frequently, filled with humour.

Even if you’re not sure performance poetry is quite your thing, there’s really no need to be intimidated.  The hour-long show takes in an array of styles – from sonnet to limerick – but it has the feel of a friendly chat, refreshingly shorn of artifice or self-indulgence.  The ultimate message, to look after yourself and love the life you have, is far from a subtle one.  But it’s touching and rewarding to hear it from someone with such cause to understand it… a man who does, indeed, have plenty of heart.

In addition to the daily shows at the Banshee Labyrinth, there are extra performances at Princes Mall, at 3:30pm on 12, 18 and 25 Aug.  Princes Mall is a fully-accessible venue.

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FROM OUR ARCHIVES

These are archived reviews of shows from Edinburgh 2012.  We keep our archives online as a courtesy to performers, and for readers who'd like to research previous years' reviews.

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Martin Mor: A Man You Donít Meet Everyday


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Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels


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